Coffee Table Candy: Rock Star Edition.
This month I've seen Bruce Springsteen live, downloaded new music from David Bowie and rediscovered The Cure.
Music is such a big, big part of my life and it's a subject I never tire of - music history, photography, discography - it's much more than a hobby - it's a true passion.
I collect coffee table books in the genre and these are ten of my favourites.
Gifts or gifts just from you to your coffee table.
Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful by Bon Jovi.
The first-ever official Bon Jovi book celebrates the band’s 25th anniversary with previously untold stories straight from Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, David Bryan and Tico Torres plus never-before-seen photographs from Phil Griffin (known for his Bon Jovi documentary When We Were Beautiful, as well as for collaborations with Amy Winehouse, Prince, Annie Lenox, Kings of Leon, and Paul McCartney).
The Rolling Stones 50 by The Rolling Stones.
Last year iconic rock band The Rolling Stones celebrated 50 years. Mick, Keith, Ronnie and Charlie brought out this book to mark the occasion. It's packed with more than 1000 illustrations, rare Stones memorabilia and photography from the last five decades as well as an introduction and narration by the band themselves.
Beatles (Unseen Archives) by Tim Hill and Marie Clayton.
The Beatles are arguably the world's most famous band. This tome takes us back to the beginning and works through hundreds of photographs, rare memorabilia, newspaper features as well as a biography by Beatles-aficionado Tim Hill chronologically.
101 Essential Rock Records by Jeff Gold.
This volume is a tribute to the vinyl album and celebrates 101 of rock's most influential records - from The Beatles' 1963 debut Please Please Me - through the Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks (1977.) Each record is presented alongside an essay and the various vinyl artworks. The book includes personal accounts by David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Graham Nash on the albums and artists that changed their lives.
The Clash by The Clash.
The Clash band were a band like no other. Pioneers of British punk rock, their incendiary gigs, intelligent songwriting, definitive style and passionate idealism caught the spirit of the times and made them a worldwide phenomenon. This is the first official book created by the band with unprecedented access to never-before-seen material and personal commentary by the band members.
Elvis Fashion: From Memphis to Vegas by Julie Mundy.
Elvis has become iconic thanks to his voice, his moves and his films. This book pays tribute to the king of rocks distinct style - from sequined jumpsuits to leather to embroidered capes. Archival photographs, sketches and more come together to celebrate Elvis' love of clothes and his cultural impact.
Reckless Road: Guns N' Roses and the Making of Appetite of Destruction by Marc Canter.
When teenager and amateur photographer Marc Canter set out to document his best friend Saul Hudson's rise as a rock guitarist in 1982, he never imagined he was documenting the genesis of of the next great rock 'n' roll band. His friend became the legendary guitarist Slash, and Canter found himself witnessing the creation of Guns N' Roses front and center. Containing original gig memorabilia, candid photographs as well as in-depth interviews with band members and the people closest to them, Reckless Road offers an explicit, first-person perspective readers won't find anywhere else.
David Bowie Is by Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh.
This is the first book that grants access to the internationally acclaimed artist and performer Bowie's personal archive of costumes, ephemera, original design artwork, and more, bringing it together to present a completely new perspective on his creative work and collaborations. It traces Bowie’s career from its beginnings in London to his enormous impact on 20th-century avant-garde music and art.